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Managing Homesickness

Don't suffer in silence if you're struggling with Homesickness - come talk to our student adviser, Matt Nunnerley.

At SUAdvice, we take the issue of homesickness seriously, especially during these challenging times. Not only do new students face the multiple challenges of leaving home for the first time, but we have all the extra strain and stress of COVID-19 to contend with. 

For many students, this might be the first time you’ve been out in the world on your own, fending for yourself, doing your own laundry etc. If you are struggling, remember that you are not alone.


Where can you go for help?

You can arrange a confidential and friendly chat with our Student Adviser, Matt Nunnerley if you would like to talk through how you are feeling at the moment. You can book an appointment through the form on our website using the following link...

Get Advice

Don't forget you can also come along to our drop-in sessions on Tuesdays between 10am and Midday in the SUAdvice office (AG-7A) which is near the café!


In the meantime, to help you settle in, use these top tips from students and you’ll be feeling at home in no time.

  1. Let yourself be homesick for a bit, denying the way you are feeling will make it harder to accept the emotions and work through them.
  2. Bring home comforts to university to help you make your dorm or room feel a bit more familiar.
  3. Keep in touch with home, but embrace university as an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone.
  4. Explore your new surroundings - our campus has a lot to offer.
  5. Don't compare yourself to other people - everyones experience is different.
  6. Focus on self care! Pamper yourself, get an early night, take a bath, read a book, take a day out to do something you like, whatever it is that makes you feel good.
  7. Ask for help, see above in regards to booking an appointment with SUAdvice. You can also ask friends, your tutor or someone you trust.
  8. Go out for walks and get some fresh air, it'll really help with gaining mental clarity and keep you grounded.


Here is also a really useful guide that we recommend reading in the meantime...

Bitesize guide: Homesickness: What it is and what to do about it

Save The Student: 10 ways to deal with homesickness

8 ways to prevent homesickness at university


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